IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground In ICC T20 World Cup 2022

IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground In ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Melbourne Cricket Ground. (Credits: Twitter)

IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground In ICC T20 World Cup 2022.  Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will head into the ICC T20I World Cup 2022 starting later this month will an aim to win their first title since the inaugural triumph under MS Dhoni back in 2007.

After a disappointing showing in the T20I World Cup 2021 where they failed to reach the semifinals, the Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue will look for a much better showing down under in Australia.

India vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan (Image Credits- Twitter)

The venue of the 2022 T20I World Cup tournament is Australia. The Men in Blue will play their opening match of the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022 on October 23 against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India is part of group 2 in the tournament with teams like Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh in their pool.

Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan. Image Credits: Twitter

The last time the two teams met at the 2021 T20I World Cup, Pakistan had beaten their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in their Super 12 match in Dubai to register their first-ever win against their neighbours in World Cups. Babar Azam hit an unbeaten 68, while Mohammad Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 79. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a terrific spell of 3/31 with three prized scalps of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli.

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan will begin their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign against the Men in Blue on October 23. Babar Azam’s men lost in the finals of the recent Asia Cup 2022, going down to Sri Lanka by 23 runs.

After the disappointment of the 2021 T20 World Cup, where they lost in the semifinals, Pakistan would be hoping to turn things around in 2022 when they travel to Australia. Pakistan begin their campaign against India at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and will go on to play four more league games.

The winners of the 2009 World T20(T20I World Cup) also reached the final in 2007, where they lost to India. They have entered the semifinals on three other occasions, including in 2010, 2012 and in 2021.

India comes into this tournament on the back of successive T20I series wins against Australia and South Africa at home. India crashed out of the group stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup held in the UAE. India has won the T20 World Cup once when it beat Pakistan in the final of the inaugural edition in Johannesburg in 2007. Apart from Pakistan, India will play against Bangladesh and South Africa as well as runners-up of Group A and winners of Group B.

IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground In ICC T20 World Cup 2022

15 T20Is were played in Melbourne and hosts Australia have won 9 of them while losing 5. One match ended in no result. India have played 4 T20Is at MCG winning 2 and losing 1 of them. One match was abandoned. Pakistan have played 1 match at the MCG and lost it.

The Melbourne pitch often offers a fine balance between bat and ball. The pace bowlers might get some good carry and bounce here, especially in the initial stages. But spinners’ role could be minimal at this venue. In October-November, Melbourne weather stays cooler than say in January with a temperature level ranging between 9 and 19 degrees with a good level of breeze. One might just see some variable spells of rain too.

According to weathetr.com, the temperature will be 18ºC at day and 13ºC at night on the day of the match-23rd October, Sunday. The chances of rain are 80-100%. Humidity will be between 82-87%. Winds will be from South / South- East at 15 to 25 km/h. Rain will probably play spoilsport.

 

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